Skip to comments.Peyton Manning storms off Super Bowl field. Is he a poor sport?
Posted on 02/08/2010 2:35:16 PM PST by F15Eagle
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If my sports hero doesn't congratulate the winner, why should I.
Bet it will.
His little brother, Eli, is the one I want to smack around.
An unbelievable display of poor sportsmanship that millions witnessed.
You said...”I lost total respect for the little arrogant Manning.”
Not saying he’s perfect, but in all the years I have followed his football career, I can’t recall any events that would indicate that Peyton is arrogant. If anything, he is the epitome of self-deprecation.
He and I (and good sports fans everywhere) offer our sincere congratulations to the Saints.
You're full of bullships.........here's an article when football was played by men. Notice the comment by Dick Butkus at the end of the article......
The super bowl is what it is, today's modern equivalent of the gladiator arena of ancient Rome. You get geeked up, you play your heart out then you leave the field. Shaking hands is up to you.........
Two years ago, my first year playing senior softball at my age of 56, I caused a brawl at the end of the game when everyone was lined up shaking hands with the opponents when I punched out a guy who had attempted to take me out at second base after I had deliberately thrown way over his head in order to miss hitting him but he felt the need to tackle me anyway.........
Sports intensity is what it is and if some player chooses not to shake hands after the game then so be it. That's his business, not mine or the the athletically challenged reporter on hand to record every single movement and word that Peyton Manning had to say after that game..........
I'll be the first person to say that our MSM has too much freedom in their on field coverage that is designed only to appeal to your prurient interest..............
Ah well, I guess that changes everything, lol
It's PC bullshit..........got to set an example for the kids you know?
I agree with the article.
The players are pissed off, they spent the last year working 16 hour days to get to where they were and they are mentally and physically exhausted.
I do not blame losing athletes for not being in the mood to shake hands after a championship game.
PC run amok? Yeah. But, how do you explain to a 7-year old that it's ok to refuse to behave when you're on national tv?
I assumed he was running from the media. Not classy...but not pouting either.
Personally, I would have enjoyed a brawl between the place kickers reminiscent of post game hockey goalies.......
Not shaking Brees hand was bad sportsmanship, intended or not. On the other hand, it would hardly be fair to relegate Manning to the annals of thugdom for having a stupid moment. Peyton’s a class act, both on and off the field. Long term, I think most people will chalk it up to a very good guy who had a very bad moment.
Yes, 106 million viewers.
I agree with you. I don’t see anythnig wrong with it and this does not undo all of his accomplishments on and off the field. I was shocked he lost the game with that interception with the kind of career he’s had in big games. But it was his mistake and I’m sure he hates himself for it.
I’d prefer a three-way brawl between zer0, Oprah and Dr. Phil for most over-exposed media-hyped empty suit.
Not till he reached daddy!
Tough call for a clear winner.
If not Zero, I'd call it a draw.
Good golly, are people ever fickle. Many of you seem so ready to tear Peyton Manning down over the stupidest thing. He later congratulated the Saints very graciously. sheesh
They also used to present the Lombardi Trophy in the winner’s locker room, rather than having this spectacle on the field after the game. Even in the NHL, the players shake hands before the Stanley Cup comes out. The NFL should at least wait a few minutes before clearing the field for the presentation, to allow the players to congratulate each other.
I noticed that as it happened. But, no, it was not poor sportsmanship. A huge number of people were gathering around the Saints on their side of the field and it would have been foolish for high profile Colts, or maybe any Colts, to have tried to work their way through that crowd of Saints’ fans to find players to congratulate.
Oprah would probably win, I’d guess.
Manning should have shook Brees' hand.....he was outplayed and outclassed.
making an interception is a lot easier, when you know the play ahead of time
just ask the pats
Peyton is a DB
If a 12 year old kid who throws the pitch that loses the LL World Series can shake hands with the winners, a prfessional should do it too.
If he's getting paid like a professional, he needs to act like one. And sportsmanship is part of being professional. No way should Manning have skulked off the field.
Get over it, Peyton. It’s just a stinkin’ game.
“...so I never understood the winning and losing team glad handing each other after the game.”
There was a day in our nation when BOTH teams—whichever sport—congratulated each other for the game, even though some players were seething with hatred either for losing or for the other team. It was a sad day for me when the tradition caught on that only the winning baseball team congratulated themselves. And baseball has always been my favorite sport.
Agreed. The teams were well matched, they played with very few penalties, they played hard, consistently, methodically. Had a couple of plays been different (the interception, the onside kick), Indianapolis might have won.
What must have been frustrating for Manning was that he had to sit there for a huge chunk of the second half, not able to do anything to win. You could see he was going crazy on the sidelines. When he finally got his chance, the team was moving well, then the interception. New Orleans deserves credit for playing nose-to-nose most of the game and then capitalizing superbly on that opportunity and for risking the onside kick. They won but “soundly beat” the Colts, well, not quite.
Manning should have shaken hands. It was very frustrating to sit on the sidelines but he needed to suck it up and do the right thing. One can empathize with how he felt without condoning the error in judgment.
The onside kick to start the second half was the play of the game. The Colts were ready to go on offense and take control at the beginning of the second half, but that play and possession change and Saints’ score turned the game in the Saints’ favor.
“Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.”
— Knute Rockne
Even when the Stars lose a playoff series, I still make a point to watch the teams shaking hands after the series. It’s a part of hockey just as much as the Octopus at The Joe.
Lets let this go, because
Pigs have flown
Hell has frozen over
And Buddy D. has gotten to put that red dress on and dance in Heaven.
The Saints were IN the Superbowl!
I played football, basketball and baseball from Pop Warner to Biddyball to Little League and through high school, college and military service.
By the time I got to high school I thought it terribly hypocritical to shake hands with the other teams after a win or a loss.
My high shcool coach asked me about why I didn’t shake hands with the losers of one game. I said, “They’re the enemy. I don’t shake hands with the enemy.” He just smiled and said, “OK.” I kept doing so for all of the games I played after that. Upon the completion of any game I immediately ran to the locker room to avoid the hypocrisy.
You who are finding fault with Manning, get over yourselves. I happen to agree with him.
So none of the Colts shook hands with none of the Saints? I was disappointed in the outcome and didn’t hang around to see the aftergame shtick.
Oh yeah, if there's one thing you can say about Manning, it's that he lacks class. /s These guys are friends. Did you know hear what Peyton said after the game?
I remember when Jimmy Johnson was coaching the Cowboys during their 1-15 season, he got very upset at a player when he saw him laughing with an opposing player after a loss. He chewed him out saying, “If you give everything you’ve got for three hours, and come out with nothing to show for it, you should feel sick to your stomach.”
“A perfunctory handshake doesn’t make someone a good sport. It either makes them indifferent to the game’s result or a good actor.”
Bull. The very caring about the outcome that the assAuthor cites, PUT ASIDE TO CONGRATULATE THE VICTOR is one of the signal aspects of good sportsmanship.
Go back and read the post. I did not say he lacks class; I said that the refusal to shake hands with the victors shows a lack of class. And I stand by that.
Knee-jerk reactions are frequently just an excuse to be snide.
Oh for goodness sakes! The article is about Manning, not F15Eagle.
You might stop your hero worship for a momment and realize that F15Eagle is only another FReeper, whom I’d trust over a sports player.
As far as Mannings motives, it is a tradition of NFL sportmanship to do the handshake. Not following that tradition is rightly questionable by any true sports fan.
And Peyton has done that privately. Maybe he didn't want to intrude on the Saints big moment. It wasn't about him, and he knew he would get all the attention from the media when it should have been on the Saints. I respect that if that was his thinking.
I remember when the US Hockey Team won the Gold Medal in 1980, and how Herb Brooks calmly walked toward the locker room while the team celebrated on the ice. He didn't want to interject himself into the celebration, it was all about them, not him.
Yes, it's his job and he's paid for it. They're not little kids being taught good manners at this point. I can't remember the last time I called my competition and congratulated them on closing the sale I didn't get...not that it happens very often.
That tradition went bye-bye in the Super Bowl when the NFL decided to quickly get in the Lombardi Trophy celebration in, so that CBS could get to their regular programming sooner. They were practically pushing players aside to get the podium setup.
I’m glad some of you get it. Those of us who played sports (or still do to this day) understand what it means to be a competitor. Manning played a good game and by all accounts the only other Colt who could say that would be Joseph Addai. He made the passes when he was on the field (it’s my belief the interception wasn’t entirely his fault) and the rest of the time the defense let him down. He was powerless on the sidelines and clearly frustrated. Two minutes before he was supposed to be out there “being a good sport” he just hit his best receiver in the hands in the endzone and he dropped it. I can understand his frustration.
Running out to shake hands almost indicates that you’re just happy to be there. Competitors aren’t happy to be there. They want to win. I don’t care whether it’s softball, baseball, or pickup football - I want to win. I need some time to simmer down after a pickup football game. Manning did his part and congratulated the Saints graciously with his post-game comments. He doesn’t need to shake hands.
I guess there are certain types of people. The competitive spirit doesn’t apparently live in everybody. The type of guys I want on my team - soldiers, athletes, or whatever - don’t want to shake hands after losing. They don’t even want to think about the possibility of losing. They want to win. If they don’t win, they want another shot as soon as possible. That’s what it means to fight.
The Saint's had the ball when the game ended, so there were some handshakes between players on the field when it ended. But as soon as the game ended, there was a big crowd forming around the the Saints' sideline, and I didn't seen any handshakes at that point. That's when Manning and the other players on the Colts sideline seemed to be walking toward a corner exit, avoiding the crowd around the Saints' players and coaches.
That's what I thought as they showed Manning and other Colts walking off the field, that it was too crowded for them to seek out Saints players.
A righteous “Buddy D” shout out IAMIUBU.
Great to remember him.
This makes no sense, What standards do you judge others by-theirs? What do you do, keep them in a little file for when you need them? Societies tend to have common standards in such things. We did, once, and it sure as hell wasn't political correctness. In fact it was the era BEFORE PC.
Demonstrated good sportsmanship used to show that we were capable of unselfishly acknowledging others good fortune that has come at our expense.
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